Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals in February

first_imgBarcelona and Real Madrid were paired together in Friday’s Copa del Rey semi-final draw, with Real Betis meeting Valencia in the other last-four tie.The draw means Spain’s two biggest clubs will play each other three times in the space of four weeks, with Madrid hosting Barca in La Liga on March 2.Thirty-time winners Barcelona, who have won the last four editions of the competition, will host Real in the first leg on February 6, with the second leg on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Betis will play at home to Valencia in the first leg and visit Mestalla in the second, with both ties being played on the same dates.The final will be played at Betis’ Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on May 25.Barca overcame a 2-0 deficit from their quarter-final first leg against Sevilla, thrashing the Andalusians 6-1 in the return leg to progress 6-3 on aggregate.Real Madrid had a more comfortable path to the last four, beating Girona 4-2 at home and winning 3-1 away for a 7-3 aggregate win.Betis meanwhile beat Espanyol 4-2 on aggregate, with Valencia overcoming Getafe 3-2 on aggregate by scoring twice in stoppage time in their 3-1 victory in the second leg at Mestalla.Also Watch:last_img read more


first_imgIcy road conditions were blamed for a two-vehicle accident that injured two people in rural Plymouth County Wednesday morning.Plymouth County Deputies say the driver of one vehicle apparently lost control on an icy patch of Highway 3, skidded and hit the second vehicle.One deputy indicated a stretch of Highway 3 nearly a mile long between Remsen and Le Mars was “nothing but ice covered.”Two people were transported to Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars by the Le Mars Ambulance with what were believed to be minor injuries.Iowa D-O-T crews were out spreading salt and sand on the highway to clear the ice from the stretch of road.Photo by Dennis Morricelast_img

Einstein’s ‘God letter’ fetches $2.9 million at auction: Full text and facts on the iconic science-religion debate

first_imgEinstein’s ‘God letter’ fetches $2.9 million at auction: Full text and facts on the iconic science-religion debateEinstein’s iconic ‘God letter’ written a year before his death — rejecting god and religion, and questioning whether Jews were the “chosen people” — was put up on auction for the second time.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiDecember 5, 2018UPDATED: September 17, 2019 14:44 IST Einstein’s iconic ‘God letter’ written a year before his death rejected god and religion and questioned whether Jews were the “chosen people”.Albert Einstein wrote a handwritten letter to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in 1954 where he explicitly rejected god and religion, which sold for a stunning $2.9 million at the Christie’s Rockefeller Center auction, smashing all predictions.”This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein’s death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views,” says a statement from Christie’s.’God letter’ auctioned for the second timeThe auction held at New York City on Tuesday was the second time that Einstein’s ‘God letter’ went on sale. It caused a sensation when it first went public at an auction sale in 2008.Christie’s auction house had predicted that this time, the letter will fetch a maximum of 1.5 million dollars, but the actual sale prize which was almost double at 2.5 million broke all predictions. The auction held at New York City on Tuesday was the second time that Einstein’s God letter’ went on sale.Facts about Einstein’s ‘God letter’1The ‘God letter’ by Einstein is a one-and-a-half page note written when the Nobel Prize-winning scientist was aged 74, just a year before his death.2The letter, which is seen as a key statement in the debate between science and religion; here, Einstein takes issue with the belief in God.3The letter is written in Einstein’s native German and seems to outline Einstein’s view of formal religion and the idea of a God who plays an active part in everyday life, answering individual prayers.4The ‘God letter’ was written in response to one of the works of the philosopher, Eric Gutkind — a book called ‘Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt’ that, apparently, Einstein did not like.5He begins his letter by praising Gutkind for sharing a common impulse of “striving for the improvement and refinement of existence”, but soon tokes issue with Gutkind’s religious ideals.6″The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses,” wrote Einstein — “The Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”The letter continues: “No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can [for me] change anything about this.”7The physicist also muses on his own Jewish identity in the letter, writing that it is “like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition”.”The Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples,” he writes.8In the letter, Einstein specifically questioned the assertion that Jews were “chosen people”.”As far as my experience goes, they are in fact no better than other human groups, even if they are protected from the worst excesses by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot perceive anything ‘chosen’ about them.” At times, Einstein however described himself as “not an atheist”.Does this mean Einstein wasn’t spiritual?The ‘God letter’ shows Albert Einstein’s logical bent of mind which doesn’t believe in some magical concept of ‘God’ but this doesn’t mean that the Nobel-winning physicist and the biggest scientific icon of his time weren’t spiritual.”He did not believe in a God who went around choosing favourite sports teams or people,” said Walter Isaacson, the author of the 2007 biography ‘Einstein’.But according to experts, at other times Einstein described himself as “not an atheist” and the letter does not annul the seemingly spiritual characteristics of his thinking.advertisementFull transcript of the ‘God letter’Here’s the full translated transcript of Albert Einstein’s letter along with the full image of the original sourced from Letters of Note website. Photo of the original ‘God letter; by Albert Einstein to Eric Gutkind.(source: Letters of Note website)Princeton, 3. 1. 1954Dear Mr Gutkind,Inspired by Brouwer’s repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. What struck me was this: with regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element. This unites us as having an “unAmerican attitude.”Still, without Brouwer’s suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this for me. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and whose thinking I have a deep affinity for, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the first one. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual “props” and “rationalization” in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.With friendly thanks and best wishes,Yours, A. Einstein The time when Albert Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel in 1952.advertisementOther letters of Einstein up for saleThis is not the first time that Albert Einstein’s letters have been put up for auction.In 2017, a note written to an Italian chemistry student who had refused to meet him sold for $6,100.It was sold alongside a number of other letters from Einstein, including a 1928 note that went for $103,000, in which he set out his thoughts for his third stage of the theory of relativity.In 2017 again, a note in which he gave advice on happy living sold for $1.56 million in Jerusalem.Composed of a single sentence, it reads: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”(With inputs from IANS)Read: Einstein’s 100-year-old theory finally proven by Indian astronomer weighing a distant starRead: Remembering Albert Einstein: 13 incredible facts on the absent-minded geniusGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? 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Throttle Jockey: The utterly classic (and new) motorcycles of Royal Enfield

first_imgAll photos courtesy of the Royal Enfield USA website. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) If John Wick Rode an Electric Motorcycle It Would Be the Saroléa N60 World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Editors’ Recommendations After a couple of Harley–Davidson reviews, it’s time to get back to the single-bike focus for this year’s riding season – which has arrived in most places. This week: the unusual but very enjoyable bikes from Royal Enfield.Royal who? Exactly. Here’s the short version of Enfield’s back story:Originally known just as “Enfield” when they were making bicycles and lawn mowers in Britain in the late late 1800s, the company soon turned its attention to motorcycles as gas engine technology matured. Following World War II, there was a slow handoff-off of tech, tooling and operations from the Brits to Enfield’s Indian (as in, India) manufacturing facilities until in 1962, Royal Enfields were a 100-percent Indian product. The bike was known then, as now, as the Enfield Bullet.And for a long time – a really long time – that’s pretty much how things went. As the British bike industry evaporated into history (Royal Enfield as a British brand went away in the 1970s) and the Japanese, Italians and Germans pushed the envelope of design and performance, Royal Enfield of India continued to churn out the 1960s-era single-cylinder Bullets in basically the same form as it did… in 1962.For customers in India, where travel technology had lagged a bit behind the rest of the world, that was just fine. The Bullet was a stout (if somewhat leaky) road machine that could withstand heaps of abuse, overloading, modification and riding conditions that would doom most other bikes. Sometimes, keeping it simple is just the right (and economically viable) way to do things.But the big technological changes of the late 20th and early 21st century finally trickled into India’s manufacturing base, and really took hold in the last 10 years – even at stodgy old Royal Enfield. At the same time, the simple, stodgy Bullets were starting to gain traction from collectors, simplicity-seekers and anti-technology preppers. There’s even a great movie about riding them. For Royal Enfield, a window had suddenly opened.The result: Royal Enfield carefully redesigned the Bullet, giving it fuel injection, disc brakes, ABS, and an updated engine, among other tweaks. They also diversified the lineup a bit, and now a total of eight different models are available, from the slick Continental GT cafe racer to the classic beauty of the Bullet models to an off-road ADV variant called the Himalayan! Then, they expanded by opening up to markets in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere. But what didn’t change? The classic look, and the classic cool.But don’t be fooled: there is only one real Royal Enfield model: the base Bullet, the air-cooled, 350 or 500cc single-cylinder relic that still looks like it’s being made in 1962 – or even earlier. All the bikes in Enfield’s lineup are based on that one idea, that one bike. And that’s just how it should be.The classic (and totally authentic) look, affordable price – and updated tech – of the “modern” Royal Enfield has won the brand legions of fans around the world, and riding the bikes is a ton of fun. No, they’re not hot rods, so don’t expect to ambush any sport bikes. But they are comfortable, tough, relatively simple and have enough poke to get you down a freeway if need be, although you’ll have more fun tooting down a two-land back road or through a city, where they are excellent commuter bikes. And if you’re thinking of planning an epic journey aboard an Enfield, it’ll be happy to oblige.And you don’t have to tell anyone yours wasn’t made 50 years ago. 1. Royal Enfield motorcycles 2. Royal Enfield motorcycles 3. Royal Enfield motorcycles 4. Royal Enfield motorcycles 5. Royal Enfield motorcycles 6. Royal Enfield motorcycles 7. Royal Enfield motorcycles 8. Royal Enfield motorcycles 9. Royal Enfield motorcycles 10. Royal Enfield motorcycles 11. Royal Enfield motorcycles 12. Royal Enfield motorcycles 13. Royal Enfield motorcycles 14. Royal Enfield motorcycles The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking last_img read more

Time for Ottawa to Work with Provinces for better Health Care

first_img Nova Scotians are counting on the federal government to changeits position on health-care funding, Premier John Hamm saidtoday, Jan. 29. “No government in the history of Canada has cut health-carefunding more than the present government in Ottawa,” said thepremier. “Instead of ignoring the messengers, it’s time for thefederal government to change its ways, listen to what’s happeningon health care’s front lines and deliver the kind of guaranteedfunding Roy Romanow recommended.” Since 1993, the federal government has cut more than a billiondollars from health and social transfers to Nova Scotia. Federalfunding announced at First Ministers’ meetings in 2000 and 2003fell short of what provincial and territorial governments neededto make positive changes to health care. Meanwhile, provincialspending on health care has reached record highs. “In Nova Scotia, we became the first province in Canada to make along-term guarantee to our hospitals and our health-care workersthrough multi-year funding,” added the premier. “When Ottawadismisses provincial demands for the same kind of commitment,they are dismissing the needs of patients, their families,doctors, nurses and other health-care workers. The prime ministerneeds to show that he is prepared to deal with health caredifferently from his predecessor, not only in style, but insubstance.” Premier Hamm noted that even if Prime Minister Paul Martin keepsthe promise made by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien todeliver a one-time payment of $2 billion to the provinces forhealth, a $3-billion dollar gap will remain next year betweenwhat Roy Romanow recommended in his federal report to improvehealth care and what Ottawa is spending. “The questions Prime Minister Paul Martin must answer are these:Is his government prepared to make a long-term commitment torepair the damage caused by federal health-care cuts over thelast decade? Is he prepared to make the investments recommendedby Roy Romanow to reduce wait times and put more health-careworkers on the front lines? Is he going to be different than hispredecessor and work with provinces like Nova Scotia to improvehealth care,” asked the premier. The premier will meet with his provincial and territorialcounterparts in Ottawa the morning of Friday, Jan. 30, beforemeeting with the prime minister at 24 Sussex Drive. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Time for Ottawa to Work with Provinces forBetter Health Carelast_img read more

Four dead babies in care with one common theme Dilico Anishinabek Family

first_imgBreanne LeClair with her son Kyler. Submitted photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsBreanne LeClair will never forget the day she got a call saying her son had turned blue and was not breathing.As she rushed to a Thunder Bay hospital LeClair called her case worker at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.“I told her if anything happens to him it’s your fault. This is on you,” LeClair recalled through tears.When she arrived she tried to go in her son’s room when a nurse threw herself in front of the door.“She said, ‘are you prepared for what’s in there?’ I said ‘get out of my way that’s my baby. I don’t care. “I pushed her and I opened the door,” said LeClair.She saw her son, Kyler Jai LeClair, surrounded by doctors and nurses. There were police officers in there, too.Then they all stopped.Kyler was gone.He had been left on cluttered bed for approximately 30 minutes and presumably suffocated. The coroner ruled 10 months later it was an unsafe sleeping condition but the manner of death couldn’t be determined.Kyler was alive for 72 days.But he wasn’t the only baby to die that month of April in 2014.APTN News has learned Kyler was one of at least four babies to die between Oct. 29, 2013 and June 6, 2014 either under the direct care of Dilico or with the involvement of the Indigenous child welfare agency based in Fort William First Nation next to Thunder Bay.APTN’s investigation into these deaths discovered several more themes, including unsafe sleeping conditions in foster care.Talon Nelson died in foster care Oct. 29, 2013 when he was less than three months old.“The circumstances indicate that an unsafe sleeping environment and/or position may have contributed to the death,” the coroner wrote according to a statement of claim filed by Nelson’s family in Thunder Bay in 2016. “The home appeared crowded with beds and/or cribs. The crib in question had the baby in a sleeper with two blankets over it. There were numerous toys in the crib with the baby.”The family blamed Dilico for the death which the agency denied in court. The civil suit was eventually dismissed without costs and the allegations were never proven in court. APTN tried to reach the family and their lawyer but was unsuccessful.More court records obtained by APTN uncovered another death of an infant in April 2014 around the same time as Kyler.It involves the alleged wrongful dismissal of an employee who sued Dilico about three weeks after she was fired on Nov. 4, 2014. Lori Watts alleged she was fired after coming back from medical leave for surgery to reduce the impact of Parkinson’s disease.Watts was the assistant director of support services when she was let go after working at Dilico since 1993.Her role put her in charge of various “alternative” care services, which includes foster homes that Dilico owns and operates.She also was in charge of a six-bed group home operated by Dilico.Dilico denied the allegations and said her firing was for cause, particularly after a child at the group home was seriously injured. They accused Watts of not immediately reporting the incident to her boss or the Ontario government, a requirement under law.An internal investigation found “serious signs of mismanagement at the group home, including but not limited to drugs, and other prohibited items including drug paraphernalia and a pellet gun being discovered in the group home.”Dilico blamed Watts, who was a mid-level manager.“This failure to report to the Ministry, and the presence of drugs and prohibited items at the group home, exposed the Defendant (Dilico) to significant liability, including fines, a risk that the Defendant’s Group Home Licence would be revoked, and a risk that the Defendant could lose its approval or designation to act as a child welfare agency,” Dilico said in its statement of defence.They also blamed her for failing to take action on “12 deficient group homes identified as needing to be addressed” and for not coming up with a plan to open new foster homes despite there being a need.Then a baby died.“In or about April 2014, an infant died while at one of the Defendant’s foster homes under the Plaintiff’s supervision,” said Dilico, which didn’t add anything beyond that regarding the death.The identify of the child isn’t known to APTN, however it’s not believed to be Kyler as Dilico placed him with his non-Indigenous father at the time of his death.According to the coroner’s report, the father put Kyler on a cluttered adult bed and left him there to have a shower. Kyler was found 30 minutes later by his grandmother. Police reported the home to be cluttered but otherwise unremarkable.No further action was taken by the coroner. (Breanne LeClair with her son Kyler. Submitted photo)Kyler’s file also didn’t involve Watts but two other workers, including former manager Diane Rusnak – creating more similarities.APTN previously reported Rusnak is suing Dilico for wrongful dismissal in late 2016 but in court filings Dilico accused Rusnak of placing a child in a home with a registered sex offender. The child began displaying “sexualized behaviours inconsistent with that child’s age” during a “routine” visit in the fall of 2016.Read More: Foster child placed in home of registered sex offender in Thunder Bay: court documentsLike with Watts, Dilico was blaming a single employee for a serious incident that would have involved many people.But the agency did find Rusnak was only partly to blame for a death that happened while she was the manager in charge.Dilico said Rusnak was placed on administrative leave May 8, 2014 while Dilico investigated the death. She wasn’t fired but other employees were. APTN knows the identity of Kyler’s caseworker and that person now works somewhere else.APTN has tried multiple times to reach Rusnak but her lawyer said she has no comment. APTN was unsuccessful in reaching Watts for comment. Her case was dismissed without costs and the allegations were never proven in court.It’s because of that story on Rusnak that APTN learned the identities of Kyler and Daniel Issac Sabastein Quedent who died June 13, 2014.Daniel was just over a year old when his mother said he was also found in a crowded crib when he died. She said the coroner ultimately ruled he died of a heart arrhythmia.Michelle Quedent said he was in and out of care in his first year. Quedent also said Rusnak was one of two people to show up at her home to discuss the death of her son.“I believe they called me first saying they were coming to talk to me. Then when they came Rusnak was so casual about it,” said Quedent. “She told me as soon as I opened the door.”Quedent said she had a miscarriage in the weeks before Daniel’s death which she blames on stress of him being taken.“He was a cute kiddo.Very outgoing and very happy. Made everyone smile even the grumpiest of people,” said Quedent.(Daniel Issac Sabastein Quedent died June 13, 2014)APTN laid out in an email much of the main points in this story to Dilico’s executive director, Darcia Borg.One of the areas APTN wanted addressed is the agency shifted its focus of care away from temporary care agreements to customary care agreements, the latter believed to be more culturally-based with the involvement of the First Nation.This change happened around 2013.Former employees told APTN when this shift happened there was a lot of turmoil inside in Dilico which may account for the several wrongful dismissal claims filed in court soon after.“We are unable to comment or provide any further information beyond that which is publicly available, and already in your possession,” wrote Borg in an email Wednesday evening. “Providing any further information would violate our legal obligations to protect the privacy of current and former employees, and of children in the care of the agency.”Borg made these comments after inviting APTN to meet with her at a later date in Thunder Bay.Dilico has offices in Thunder Bay and surrounding area that serves several First Nations.APTN continues to follow each of the deaths and other related stories. Kenneth Jackson can be reached at the email below or by calling 613-567-1550, ext. 226. Also look for Jackson on Facebook and Twitter. read more

Nora Fatehi Fnaire to Release Moroccan Version of Indian Song

Rabat – Moroccan Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi is making her debut as a singer. The 26-year-old dancer is set to release, with the help of Morocco-based group Fnaire, an Arabic version of the Indian song “Dilbar,” the soundtrack from John Abraham’s “Satyameva Jayate” movie. “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together,” said Fatehi. “As Dilbar has become a huge hit internationally, including in the Middle East, we have taken the song and re-composed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and recorded me singing with Fnaire. This is my debut as a singer, and Fnaire will be rapping with me in the song,” she added. Morocco-based director Abderrafia El Abdioui is directing the music video. Born in Canada to Moroccan parents, Nora Fatehi gained popularity in India for her participation in the 9th season of the “Big Boss” reality television show in 2015. The Moroccan-Indian made her film debut in the Bollywood film “Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans 4.” She gained popularity by performing in movies such as “Temper,” “Baahubali,” and “Kick 2.” Fatehi recently recreated a version of the song “Dilbar” that had initially made 20 million views in its first 24 hours of release, making it the first Hindi song to do so in India. read more

Success of counterterrorism strategy hinges on implementation – UN

The Strategy – adopted by the General Assembly last September after a year of sometimes fractious negotiations as countries worked to overcome their differences – is the first global and common approach to tackle terrorism.It has four main pillars of action, focusing on addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; preventing and combating terrorism; building State capacity and bolstering the role of the UN; and ensuring respect for human rights and the rule of law against the backdrop of the fight against terrorism. However, the Strategy “will only be a historic achievement if it is implemented,” Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, told reporters in New York.Mr. Orr, who also chairs the Secretary-General’s Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, added that “the focus at this point in time is on the implementation of this very significant document.”An informal meeting – in which two of the Assembly’s 21 Vice-Presidents presided over its two separate sessions – was held yesterday at Headquarters to assess to what extent the Strategy has been put into practice.Baki Ilkin, Turkey’s Permanent Representative, observed today at a press briefing that during the session he led, the participants stressed the importance of the Strategy’s concrete implementation and also that “it should be held under constant review and monitoring to assess the progress being made.”Delegates also called for improved dialogue – particularly interreligious and intercultural discourse – to improve understanding and increase tolerance worldwide, he noted.“The fact that no religion or culture can be associated with violence or terror came out very strongly in the discussion.”During the session he chaired, Ambassador Elbio Rosselli of Uruguay said that the issue of terrorism’s victims – including their rights, survivors and their relatives – featured very prominently.“Therefore, there was strong support among the membership to emphasize that no justification exists for torture,” he said.In his concluding remarks at the end of yesterday’s meeting, Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said that the gathering is a manifestation of the determination of Member States, the Task Force and civil society “to work together in this common effort to go forward with the implementation of all aspects of the Strategy.”But he cautioned that ongoing efforts to heighten awareness of the initiative are key. “These discussions should not stay in New York but be translated into furthering integrated and coordinated actions in your capitals,” he told the delegates.The formal review of the Strategy’s implementation will take place next September. 5 December 2007The success of the landmark Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy ultimately hinges on its complete implementation, United Nations officials and others closely involved with the initiative said today. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 510.00 513.40 507.00 507.50 510.50Jan. ’18 514.10 517.60 511.60 511.90 514.70March 518.70 520.60 514.70 514.90 517.80May 518.60 519.20 514.20 514.00 517.40July 519.20 519.20 513.60 514.50 517.30Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 478.50 475.80Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 479.30 476.60March 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.00 479.30May 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.00 479.30July 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.00 479.30Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.00 479.30Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $512.50 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $532.50 (November 2017) read more

Divineguma bill passed in the South and Sabaragamuwa

The Divineguma Bill introduced by the Government was passed in the Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces today.In the Southern province the bill was passed with 36 votes for and 15 against it while in the Sabaragamuwa province the bill obtained 27 votes in favor and 12 against it. The bill has already been passed in the Eastern, Western, North Central  and Wayamba provinces. The Government has decided to establish the Divineguma Development Department by combining five institutions including the Up country Development Authority, the Southern Development Authority, and Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had said that the employees of these institutions and others connected with the Samurdhi Programme would get the highest dividends once the department is setup.He claimed that people need not have baseless fears about the Divinaguma Bill since the government has introduced it with the genuine intention of improving the living conditions of low-income groups. read more

Global seaborne trade expands for second straight year UN reports

The global total for 2005 was 7.11 billion tons. The expansion was about one-fifth lower than the 4.1 per cent increase of 2004, but there was a significant rise among developing countries, which experienced a growth rate of 6.2 per cent. Developed nations saw a growth of 2.7 per cent.Maritime activity, as measured in ton-miles, increased in 2005 to 29,045 billion ton-miles, up from 27,635 billion ton-miles in 2004.The Review is compiled by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which was established in 1964 to promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, undertakes research and policy analysis and provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries. There was a significant increase in the world’s merchant fleet, which grew to 960 million deadweight tons (dwt) by the beginning of 2006, an increase of 7.2 per cent, the highest expansion in merchant ship capacity since 1989, when the fleet began its recovery from the 1980s shipping slump.But the main operational productivity indicators for the world fleet in 2005 – tons carried per dwt and thousands of ton-miles per dwt – were 7.4 and 30.3 cent respectively, marginal decreases from 2004.During the period 2003-2005, the economic performance of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remained below that recorded by developing economies as a whole. In 2005, the total tonnage of the African merchant fleet, including the open registry of Liberia, reached 98,563 thousand dwt, or 10.3 per cent of the world total.The share of Sub-Saharan African countries in the African merchant fleet, excluding major open registry, increased to 41.7 per cent. The average age of African developing countries’ merchant fleet, not taking into account major open registry, is 20.5 years, considerably older than the world average. read more

Moscow bans Egyptian national carrier from flying to Russia following plane crash

Moscow bans Egyptian national carrier from flying to Russia following plane crash MOSCOW – Russia’s state aviation agency on Friday banned Egypt’s national carrier from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly crash.The agency, Rosaviatsiya, on Friday formally notified Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, where EgyptAir flights arrive, that the ban is effective starting Saturday, said airport spokesman Alexander Vlasov.The aviation agency didn’t give any immediate reason for the ban on flights, and Egypt’s aviation authorities said they haven’t been notified officially of this decision.The Russian move follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend all Russian flights to Egypt after the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 people on board. Moscow said the ban was necessary because of concerns about security at Egypt’s airports.EgyptAir, which runs three direct flights to Moscow a week, said on its official Twitter account that Saturday’s flight to Moscow has been cancelled after official notification from Moscow’s airport. It has rebooked passengers who were on that flight to other flights from Cairo.The company said officials were seeking to verify the status of upcoming flights and to clarify the reasons behind the Russian decision.U.S. and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane was brought down by a bomb on board shortly after it took off from Egypt’s Sharm al-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg.But Russia and Egypt said the statements were premature as the official crash probe has not concluded.The flight ban, however, suggests that Russia takes the prospect exceptionally seriously.On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said the flight ban will last for at least several months, a severe blow to Egypt’s struggling tourism industries that depend on Russian tourists for a large share of their revenue.On Friday, Russia’s national flag carrier, Aeroflot, said it will not fly to Egypt until March 27.___Maram Mazen in Cairo contributed to this report. by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT reveals average new car CO2 reductions for the 2006 market

SMMT today reveals headline CO2 figures for the 2006 new car market. The average new car sold last year emitted 167.2 g/km. That was an improvement of 1.3 per cent on 2005 figures and 11.9 per cent down on average CO2 for the 1997 market. A more detailed report will be published in the Spring. However, SMMT’s data team has split the top-line figure into private and fleet sales, listed in the table below. Fleet cars166.0 g/km167.1 g/km-0.6 % Average 2006Average 20052006v2005Average 20012006v2001 176.4 g/km -4.4 % 178.8 g/km -7.1 %While progress continues to be made in the UK – and across Europe where the industry is moving towards 2008 CO2 reduction targets1 – SMMT believes more can be done to drive the market for cleaner vehicles. ‘Market transformation is not just about bringing new technology to the showroom’, explained SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘It’s about encouraging consumers to think carefully about their choice of vehicle, providing incentives where needed and ensuring alternative fuels are widely available and competitively priced. ‘Take E85 bioethanol for example. Mainstream bioethanol cars are on the market now, yet there are only a dozen or so filling stations across the UK. Plus, it’s no cheaper at the pump for drivers. That makes no sense. We need to work together in partnership with government, fuel companies and customers to address this.’ Other barriers to progress include things like the three per cent company car tax surcharge for new diesel cars. SMMT calls for an immediate end to this disincentive since diesel cars emit up to 30 per cent less CO2 than petrol equivalents. Reductions in the fleet sector slowed to just 0.6 per cent last year and the ‘diesel disincentive’ is one of the reasons why the UK still lags behind the rest of Europe on diesel market penetration (38.3 per cent v 50.6 per cent in 2006). Incentives are also needed to boost sales of the lowest carbon cars. The Low Carbon Car Fund was shelved following the collapse of its predecessor – Powershift grants. Government said that there was no evidence that grants drive demand for cleaner cars. However, the decline in the fledgling LPG market following Powershift’s demise shows this is not the case. From growth to 3,185 units back in 2003, the market for new LPG cars collapsed to just 39 new cars last year. On better consumer information, the motor industry can take credit for last year’s CO2 reduction in the private sector (2.1 per cent following introduction of its colour-coded CO2 label2. This has been displayed in showrooms since September 2005, giving buyers more information at the point of sale, allowing simple car-by-car comparisons. It also includes annual running cost information, making a clear association between lower costs and cleaner motoring. SMMT believes this is crucial since the economic case for lower carbon cars is more persuasive to buyers than a simple appeal to go green. Macgowan concluded, ‘This thing we call an integrated approach is not about empty words; we are calling for practical measures, based on the principle that working together will deliver the greatest benefits for the environment, without crippling the European car industry with unrealistic targets and disproportionate costs. This approach was endorsed by the European CARS21 group3 last year and we in the UK fully support it.’ * * * * Notes: 1. The motor industry trade association, ACEA, on behalf of the European car manufacturers, negotiated a Voluntary Agreement with the Commission (DG ENVironment) in 1998. The industry voluntarily agreed to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars to an average of 140 g/km. The agreement set two CO2 targets over its 13-year life. The first, met in 2003, was to achieve a 165-170 g/km reduction. The next major target was to achieve a new car fleet average of 140 g/km in 2008. Progress towards this target was to be reviewed by a joint monitoring committee set up by the industry and the Commission. The latest report for 2004 shows the carmakers have achieved 163 g/km (combined JAMA, KAMA and ACEA figure), a reduction of 12.4% from 1995. Analysis of the sales of new cars for the year showed 29.6% of the cars emitted less than 140 g/km, 8% less than 120 g/km and that cars emitting over 160 g/km had dropped from 80.8% in 1995 to 36.4% in 2004. The industry remains committed to this tough target, and through ACEA, supports the CARS21 integrated approach to deliver further CO2 reductions from road transport. 2. The colour-coded label was introduced as a voluntary initiative by the UK car industry in association with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). Launched in July 2005, the label now features across brands in UK showrooms. The colour-coded ‘green to red’ banding is similar in format to energy efficiency labels used for white goods, making it instantly recognisable to car buyers. Information about annual running costs through fuel and VED mean that car-by-car comparisons on CO2 and economy are straightforward. 3. The high-level CARS21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century) report was published in October 2005. Set up by Commission vice-president Günter Verheugen, the group published recommendations including the adoption of an integrated approach on CO2 reduction and road safety improvements. The group reported that on CO2 reductions, stakeholders like vehicle makers, infrastructure providers, public authorities, oil industry and drivers could bring larger reductions in CO2 emissions at dramatically lower societal costs compared to an approach that focuses on vehicle technology alone. Membership of the high-level CARS21 group included representatives from the automobile industry, European Commissioners, national government representatives (UK – Margaret Beckett, secretary of state for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), trade unions, NGOs and vehicle users. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Private cars168.7 g/km172.3 g/km-2.1 % All new cars167.2 g/km169.4 g/km-1.3 %189.8 g/km-11.9 % Average2006Average20052006v2005Average19972006v1997 read more

Despite nagging injury Saine sets sights on healthy year

Brandon Saine is making sure he’s not “getting caught up in the moment.” “[It’s important to] go back and watch the film, and there are always things you can improve on,” Saine said. This is what is driving Saine to have a breakout season after injuries slowed his performance last year. Saine’s top priority this season is to avoid major injury, though he has been battling a hamstring injury during spring practices. “At any time, someone can go down,” Saine said. “With so many hits and so many carries and you’re in so many plays, all it takes is one and the next guy has to be ready. You have to be ready at all times.” Saine thrives off of competition. With a lot of depth this season at tailback, Saine says it helps the guys push each other harder and not slip up.  “It’s a great thing, definitely makes us a lot better,” Saine said. “The younger guys are getting better and they’re pushing us older guys to get better too.” Leading by example, helping them understand their roles, sharing experiences and answering any questions they have is a big deal for Saine, as he strives to be a mentor in his senior season.   “We have a diverse group of guys and have a back for any down, and it will help us be a lot better,” he said. Saine is happy to have a familiar offensive line in front of him, too. He said that makes them more confident and they mesh well. On being a senior, Saine has not really captured the complete feeling yet. The feeling of him doing it all for the last time hasn’t dawned on him. He said that being voted a captain would mean a lot. “I am a pretty soft-spoken guy and they give me a lot of slack for not having big rah-rah speeches for them, but I think it would be an amazing experience,” Saine said. “I wasn’t even the captain of my high school team, but it would mean a lot. I would be humbled and excited to do it.” Saine should also have more impact on the offense also. With quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s progression in the passing game toward the end of last year, Saine is looking to catch the ball out of the backfield a bit more.  “Hopefully he can check it down to us a little bit and we’ll be able to do something with it and show him that if we get the ball we can catch it,” Saine said.  But Saine is not worried about the offense going from traditional “smash mouth” Ohio State football to an “air-it-out” game. He feels there is equal opportunity for everything to come about this season and show how versatile the offense can be. Saine said he hopes to be 100 percent by next week. Despite missing some spring practices, Saine said he is just taking some time off to heal properly and not have any major issues before the start of the season. read more

Victim of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson calls for public inquiry ahead of

first_imgA solicitors firm representing more than 60 maimed women said the “God complex” consultant could have been stopped if reviews by managers had been more thorough.Slater and Gordon revealed evidence of “short and succinct” annual appraisals during the time Paterson was carrying out hundreds of needless and negligent operations. Ian Paterson Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has pledged to hold a major inquiry into Paterson’s “profoundly shocking” malpractice if the Government is returned to power.Mr Ingram, 53, now lives in Hexham in Northumberland, but lived in Birmingham when he was operated on by Paterson at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.He said: “Paterson exploited me as a person for his own ends, both as a cash cow being paid to operate needlessly on me, to satisfy twisted logic in his head, and also, he exploited me and invalided me in court. A victim of Ian Paterson, the rogue surgeon who performed “completely unnecessary” operations on men and women, has called for a public inquiry ahead of his sentencing on Wednesday.John Ingram, 53, who needlessly underwent a double mastectomy after being told he was facing cancer, said confidence needed to be restored in the health service.“We need a robust method of peer review of the actions of these surgeons and the private sector needs to put its house in order,” he told the BBC.Paterson, 59, was last month convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding against 10 private patients at Nottingham Crown Court.Following the conclusion of the trial it emerged the NHS has already spent nearly £18 million settling more than 250 civil claims arising from his actions.Lawyers say the total number of Paterson’s victims is likely to exceed 1,000. Frances PerksCredit:Andrew Fox Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Ian PatersonCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire “He had no reason to cut bits off me. Even after 11 years i’m left with residual pain which radiates into my armpit.  also I  have a very annoying phantom nipple that feels like it’s on fire.”Frances Perks, who endured nine needless operations and 27 biopsies after being given a false diagnosis branded him “a psychopath” while another left mutilated said he had a “God complex”.A teenage girl told how she was left looking as if she had been in a “car crash” after having a mastectomy she did not need.Paterson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Among those attending the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court will be medical negligence lawyers who have fought for those butchered by the disgraced surgeon. Frances Perks Patient safety groups have warned that victims would be denied justice under a new scheme to limit claims against the NHS for botched operations.Writing in the Daily Telegraph earlier this month, a coalition of ten charities said the scheme to cap legal costs payable to lawyers in almost two thirds of medical negligence cases would bar the most vulnerable from compensation.last_img read more

Greek Australian gets behind new multipurpose Docklands theatre

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Proposals for a new multi-purpose theatre in Docklands is being partly funded by one of the project’s partners, Thanassi (Arthur) Panagiotaras. If approved the theatre will be built underneath the Collins street bridge and will house 300 at capacity. With two dedicated bars for theatre goers, the theatre’s main auditorium will convert into a 3D digital cinema to facilitate the new Docklands film festival. Artistic Director Mark Diaco says the theatre will showcase the best of Melbourne and unities a under-appreciated spot. “There isn’t much art or culture down here [Docklands] at the moment. I firmly believe that art pushes culture forwards, and that art has the power to move our country forwards. The Dock Theatre can provide a place for this to happen,” he says. Funding will still need to be finalised, as the partners are looking to seek Sate and Federal Government funding and from private benefactors. Mr Panagiotaras says, “There is no figure at the moment, but we are through the concept stage and are now moving onto development”.last_img read more

South Caicos airport out of commission during Boxing Day now reopened

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 – The South Caicos airport was faced with troubles again, as on Boxing Day, December 26, flights could not land at the site.  According to InterCaribbean Airways, which issued a statement, there was insufficient fire service at the terminal and so it could not accommodate air traffic.ICA says the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority advised them of the situation which caused a stop to their domestic air service into and out of South.   ICA also explained in that media release, they did not anticipate there would be a resumption of service before today.  Magnetic Media got word around 9:30am, (December 28) that the airport in South Caicos, also known as, XSC is reopened for flights.  The airline, through its CEO, Trevor Sadler said once it got the green light, flights to South Caicos would resume.  Caicos Express Airways has confirmed that it will run at least two flights into South Caicos today.  The TCIAA issued no public notice through media.   South Caicos is now home to two resorts and this is the second hiccup at the airport this month.  Up to news production time, this morning, there has been no information from the Airports Authority, which is charged with overseeing the country’s airports.  News of the reopening was also not communicated by the TCIAA, but by airlines serving the route. Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

African elephant dies at Zoo Miami

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An African elephant has died at Zoo Miami, months after she came to South Florida from the Virginia Zoo, officials said Tuesday.Zoo officials said 44-year-old Lisa had been under observation since July, when she needed help getting back on her feet. However, they are not yet sure what caused her death. It is with great sadness that we report that Lisa, a 44-year-old female African elephant died this afternoon.— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) August 22, 2017Lisa had arrived at Zoo Miami alongside Cita, another female African elephant, April 19.Officials said Lisa will undergo an extensive necropsy to determine her cause of death. It will take several weeks to find out the results.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis

first_imgThe dorm room at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution.Download Audio50-year-old Teal chats a little about his life at the shelter – his job is to disinfect the mats, but he also volunteers to help unplug the toilets and pick up trash. He’s been at Brother Francis for about four months this time—he arrived with nothing but a change of clothes and $14. He’s been in and out of the shelter for decades.“I used to be one of the guys out here, drinking, drugging, living out in the campsites. In the same clothes days on end,” he says. “Now, I shower every day, change my clothes everyday, I shave. It’s the small things… when you don’t got that for a long time and now you got that everyday, it makes me feel good.”He says he’s rediscovered God and is working hard to stay sober. It takes him less than three minutes to turn the conversation to his favorite topic – his three-year-old son. Teal launches into stories about the mischievous boy’s antics: how he protects his lunch from marauding geese, darts through library bookshelves to elude his father, and battles the puppet embodiment of the Big Bad Wolf.“Well, he smacks the puppet with his fist, and it comes off the lady’s hand and drops,” he recalls the library story time incident. “He steps back and field kicks it across the room. Thrity kids in there, ages probably 3 to 8, all turn around with their arms up in the air screaming ‘Yeah!’ He turns around and looks at me and says ‘Bad doggy!’ Because it looked like a little dog, and it scared him.”Teal is trying hard to regain custody of the boy from the Office of Children’s Services. He’s working part-time, putting away money, securing housing, and taking fatherhood classes from Cook Inlet Tribal Council.“I’m doing whatever I can to keep me with my son. That’s my foundation and my rock right now.”He tries to stay occupied from the moment he wakes up, leaving the shelter as soon as he’s done with his sanitation jobs.“I hate to say it, but it’s the truth. If sit down here all the time and with all these people, I start feeling depressed. I start listening to their stories, you start feeling sad. And it makes you want to drink or do something or be lazy. So I get up and go. If I don’t have anything else to do, I try to make good with my time or I go to the library.”He reads, goes to church twice a week, works on his resume and meets with case workers who he says are helping him out, despite their massive case loads.“They can’t take the time everyday to sit down and say hi and be cordial or nice. But when they do take the time” and you make an appointment, it goes well. “It has to be our effort. We have to be ones to be willing to take the effort to do it.”He says his son gives him the motivation to get his life back on track. “This is my last chance,” he says of the son he didn’t plan to have. He has older children as well. “So now I’m actually going to watch this kid grow up. I don’t know how much time God’s got left for me in this world, but my plan is to be with him and help raise him.”And Teal says thanks to the skills he’s learning, that may happen very soon.last_img read more